grounds for

grounds for (something)

The basis for some action or decision, often one that is disciplinary or legal in nature. Be careful now—plagiarism is grounds for expulsion.
See also: for, ground
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*grounds for something

the basis or cause for legal action such as a lawsuit. (*Typically: be ~ become ∼.) Your negligence is grounds for a lawsuit. Is infidelity grounds for divorce in this state?
See also: for, ground
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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In fact we provided state of the art cricket grounds for youth of federal capital.
Oman Cricket has made elaborate arrangements for fans and guests to make this a great experience for them "We know weather can be hot anytime in Oman so we are going to install tents on the grounds for the general public and offer proper seating arrangement," said Madhu Jesrani, Secretary, Oman Cricket.
It merits to mention here that in the tenure of previous government Islamabad Cricket Association had distributed the local cricket grounds to their favourite persons in connivance with CDA and MCI in the federal capital and this mafia was using these grounds for their private business for the last several years.
Hair rinse: After washing your hair, rub in coffee grounds for shine, softness, and even a bit of color for those of you who are dark-haired; remember coffee grounds act as a dye, so if you have light hair, unless you want highlights, this one isn't for you.
Choosing a favorite tree is tough when you're surrounded by so many beautiful specimens, says Gail Griffin, superintendent of gardens and grounds for Dumbarton Oaks.
Two of the most common grounds for annulment--"lack of due discretion of judgment" and "incapacity to assume the obligations of marriage"--are known as psychological grounds because they explicitly deal with a person's psychological state.
What, then, is the picture for a successful marriage that the grounds for annulment paint for us?
Refunds of all possible overpayments should be demanded and all possible grounds for recovery should be stated in the refund claim; even weak grounds should be included.